Presby Moderator pays courtesy call on Chairman of the Church of Pentecost

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo has paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, the Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah at the Church’s headquarters at La in Accra on Wednesday 5th April, 2017.

modeatorrThe purpose of the visit was to strengthen the ecumenical relationship between the two churches and for the new moderator to introduce himself officially to the Chairman of COP and the church in general after his election and induction into office.

Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah congratulated Right Reverend Prof. Cephas Narh Omneyo on his nomination, election and induction as the 17th Moderator of one of the oldest churches in Ghana.

Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah in a short speech expressed the need for leaders to uphold integrity and humility, accountability, unity and peace to enhance the socio-economic development of the country.

He assured that the COP would continue to collaborate with the PCG and support each other when the need arise.

Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah said one major problem confronting Ghana at the moment was the illegal mining known in local parlance as (galamsey) and therefore called on his counterpart to join the fight against the canker.

Right Reverend Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo on his part commended Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyina on his exemplary leadership which had seen the Church of Pentecost moving in the right direction.

He further thanked him for his presence during his induction into office as the 17th Moderator of PCG in December 2016. The Moderator pledged that the two churches would continue to collaborate and also work hand in hand.

The Moderator was accompanied by Rev Kwaku Bio Kyeame, Director of Church Life and Nurture, Mr Alex De-Graft Hanson, Director of Finance, Rev George Ezekiel Larbi, Public Relations Officer, and Rev William Ameka, Personal Assistant to the Moderator.
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Reverend Dr Anokye Nkansah inducted as Asante Akyem Presbytery Chairperson

The Reverend Dr Anokye Nkansah 56 was inducted into office as the new chairperson for the Asante Akyem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, at Juaso near Konongo.
Rev Dr Anokye Nkansah, immediate past Director of Education and General Manager of Presbyterian Schools at the head office of the Church, succeeds Rev Kwaku Twum Barima whose tenure ended in August 2016.
Preaching the sermon, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Rev Professor Cephas Narh, tasked Christians to take-up responsibilities of ensuring that the unadulterated gospel is preached and the good news of salvation becomes the pivot of all messages.
He said in recent times some people who called themselves men of God are preaching and doing things contrary to what the scripture says.
The Moderator said the lives of Christians should be living testimonies of what authentic Christian faith and practice is and impact greatly on Christians.
He urged the new Presbytery Chairperson to ensure that during his tenure of office more people would come to know Christ than ever before and cautioned him against anything that could bring the name of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general into disrepute.
The Right Rev Omenyo advised the new Presbytery Chairperson to sow seeds of evangelism and love among the congregations.
He called on the people to support the chairperson to succeed and raise the image of the Presbytery at all levels.
Rev Dr Anokye Nkansah in an address thanked the Church members and the people of Asante Akyem for the confidence reposed in him and pledged that he would work hard to ensure that the Presbytery moves from the current status to another higher level.
Rev Anokye Nkansah commended former the chairpersons of the Presbytery for his dedication and exemplary leadership, which had made the Presbytery as it is now.
He promised to implement the mission, vision, strategy and development plans of the Presbytery, and to promote evangelism to win more souls for Christ.
He urged Christians to let their life styles reflect that of Christ.
The new chairperson is a product of Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon Accra where he obtained a Diploma in Theology, University of Ghana, Legon Accra where he had his first degree, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey USA Masters in Theology, and New York Theological Seminary, New York City, Doctor of Ministry.
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NINE PRESBYTERIAN MINISTERS RECEIVED DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE

Nine ministers of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) and one lay person have received Doctor of Ministry Degree from the New York Theological Seminary in the United State of America after they successfully completed the three year programme.

The New York Theological Seminary over the weekend organized an Academic Hooding Ceremony for the graduating candidates at the Christ Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Akropong Akuapem.

The ceremony was organized in collaboration with the  Akrofi-Christaller Institute (ACI) of Theology, Mission and Culture, established by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and  is accredited by the National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Education (Ghana) as a postgraduate research institution, with a Presidential Charter.

Addressing the granduands, the Rector of the ACI, Rev Dr B.Y Quarshie expressed concerned about flooding of many doctorate degrees in Ghana from unaccredited institutions.

He said the situation is worrying and therefore advised the public to be cautious in their dealings with such institutions and verify the accreditation status and degree-awarding powers of the institutions to avoid any embarrassing fallouts.

Rev Dr Philip Laryea, who represented the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, congratulated the graduands and urged them to use the academic knowledge acquired to help build the Church.

Rev. Dr.  Eleanor J.M.  Moody-Shepherded, Professor of Women’s Studies at the New York Theological Seminary and leader of the faculty members also congratulated them and said, it was the first time such a graduation ceremony had taken place in the region of Africa.

The graduating students were Rev Dr. Kwabena Aboagye, Rev Dr Kofi Amfo-Akonnor, Chairperson for Ashanti Presbytery of the PCG, Rev Dr Yaw Danso, Nima District Minister, Rev Dr George Opare Kwapong, Chairperson for Akuapem Presbytery and Rev Dr Benson  Nkansa-Kyeremateng, Principal, Presbyterian College of Education, Kyebi.

The rest were Rev Dr Cynthia Musu Boama of Presbyterian Women’s Centre, Abokobi, Rev Dr Anokye Nkansah, Chairperson for Asante Akyem Presbytery, Rev Dr Erasmus Nii-Bonne Odonkor, and General Secretary of the Bible Society of Ghana, Rev Dr William Quaye, Ga Presbytery Clerk and Dr Salomey Ansah Asantewa, a retired Educationist.

Rev Dr George Opare Kwapong’s Doctoral Thesis was adjudged the best and received the Excellent in Ministry Award. This award is presented annually to a graduating Doctor of Ministry candidate who has submitted a Demonstration Project which in the judgment of the faculty, makes an original, relevant and significant contribution to the theory and practice of ministry as judged by the standards of the profession.

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MODERATOR ATTENDS THANKSGIVING SERVICE IN HONOUR OF PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO AT RIDGE CHURCH, ACCRA

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Reverend Professor Cephas Narh Omenyo has called on  Ghanaians to renew their spirit of nationalism as well as trusting in God for His blessing of the country.

The Moderator made the call in a sermon at a thanksgiving service held by the Ridge Church in Accra on Sunday, 15th January 2017 in honor of President Akufo-Addo in his victory in 2016 general elections and successful inauguration.

Rt Rev Prof Omenyo, urged President Akufo-Addo to employ all state machinery available to him to fight the canker of corruption.

“My heart leapt with joy when you made the important statement that you would protect the public purse. I am also encouraged by your own plight in setting the personal example in upholding integrity and service and I pray that the Lord enables you to see the realization of this noble intention,” he said.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his Vice-President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, and their spouses.

Other personalities in attendance included Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, the Chief Justice Georgina Wood, Finance Minister-nominee Ken Ofori-Atta and senior minister nominee, Yaw Osafo.

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NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA, THE RIGHT REVEREND PROFESSOR CEPHAS NARH OMENYO

Dear People of God,

I wish you all a New Year of peace, security, productivity, and prosperity.

Ghanaians have enteredthe year 2017 with very high expectations. God has seen the country safely through an electioneering campaign period which wascharacterized by tension, acrimony and apprehension. But we have bounced back as a people. The Ghanaian over the years has demonstrated the capacity for reconciliation and the love for peace.  As Apostle Paul said …but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..(Philippians 3:13).

 

Change in government is an inevitable part of the governance process. Just as years come and go, governments in a democracy also come and go.I wish to admonish all Ghanaians, especially, the over 98% that profess faith in God, to reorient our lives in the spirit of the change we have voted for. Change in leadership without corresponding change in the attitude and behavior of the citizenry is a meaningless trip to nowhere. Therefore as we enter a new year, I call on all Ghanaians, to seek to be more responsible citizens than we have so far been. Collectively, over many years, we have not demonstrated sufficient sense of responsibility as a people; and we have suffered for it. There are signs that unless we all launch out on a project of changing attitudes and behaviors, things can become worse in our country.

 

Our collective irresponsibility as citizens manifest in the endemic corruption that is eating up our public service at all levels; our misuse of power that tends to intimidate law abiding but powerless members of our society; the vitriols that pour out of our radio and television stations; the indiscipline and inconsiderate behaviors on our roads; blatant disrespect for the aged, unprofessional attitude towards work, unethical conduct at our work places and in our communities, the contempt with which we treat the environment and many other pool of vices in which most of us seem to be swimming with pleasure.

 

On the first day of the year 2017, we in Ghana have enough motivation to work toward change. A New Year’s Day offers us the opportunity to make resolutions to be better persons; and as we welcome a new government into office, we do not only expect change but we are motivated to work toward a constructive change.

 

This idea of change; of newness and renewal,with the opportunities to make fresh attempts at reaching our aspirations and achieving our goals in life, finds its most solid foundation in the call of God to us to receive new life in Jesus Christ. This is a call that goes out to all peoples everywhere, offering to them the hope that unfavorable circumstances and difficult conditions are surmountable and that change for a better life is always possible.

 

While it is good and potentially, productive for each of us to make resolutions to improve upon our lives and overcome self-destructive habits, it is important for us to realize that making resolutions to be better citizens, with adequate sense of responsibility toward our fellow citizens and our country is also a divine calling. Therefore, in addition to our own individual New Year resolutions, let each of us also resolve to commit ourselves to adopting attitudes and behaviors that will contribute towards achieving the greater aspirations of our country: eradication of poverty; improved and accessible health-care for all; accessible quality education for all; quality and sustainable jobs for all who desire to work; greater national unity and harmony; greater concern and care for the vulnerable, including people with disability.

 

We as Presbyterians, and indeed Christians must be guided by the core values of Christianity in all spheres of life.  Furthermore, as citizens of Ghana we should model leadership in our place of work, and in our communities and this will inevitably support institutional efforts at civic education.

 

God’s blessed dealings with us in the past year, especially, answering our fervent prayers to take us through the elections peacefully, must give us the confidence to continue to hold together and press on as one people. We must continue to hope, pray and work toward better quality of life for each citizen and foreigners who find themselves living among us.

 

May we humbly seek God’s blessings;

May God protect each and every one of us;

May He guide our Leaders in the days to come;

May the beginning of a new year and a new era be a time of rectitude, righteousness, progress and prosperity of Ghana;

May each of us receivegrace and strength to achieve our New Year resolutions.

 

Happy and prosperous New Year.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE RT. REV.PROF. CEPHASOMENYO, MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA

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By the grace of God, the Christmas season is here again.  Since the season also signals to us that the year is ending, we must be grateful to God for protecting us and providing us with our needs throughout the year. It is good to be alive; and it pleases God that we remain alive to continue to serve Him and enjoy His love and goodness in the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas has become a season of expression of good will, peace, andlove in communities around the world.  It is has come to symbolise the miracle of bridge-building, bringing together persons and communities of diverse ethnic, religious, social, and political backgrounds. Let this spirit of unity inform our sense of national solidarity to speed up the healing process of breaches that may have occurred during and after the recent presidential and parliamentary elections.

Christmas shows God’s concern for all, especially, the weak and the marginalised. In the night when the infant Jesus was born, God sent angels with the Good News to shepherds in the fields. At the centre of the whole story was an obscure young woman, a young artisan – a carpenter, and a vulnerable baby-boy in a manger. But there were also the learned and the royal travellers from the East; as well as King Herod and his royal court officials. Although each of these responded differently to the news about the infant Jesus, God showed his concern to all by ensuring that no social class was denied the blessing of hearing the Good News. Let us honour the aged, women, children and all who, in one way or the other, have a limitation in exercising their full liberties as human being.

Christmas reminds us of the importance of the family in God’s plan. God needed the family to bring his salvation plan to reality. Let us, therefore, take advantage of this Christmas season to strengthen the family and create the right home environment in which children shall grow in the fear of God and in happiness. Let us express the goodwill and peace of Christmas by forgiving and affirming one another in the home so that we and our children may grow in the favour of God.

Christmas symbolises hope. It underscores the fact that God comes when all seems to be lost and we are on the verge of despair. That God should become human and be born as an infant to save the world is the clearest evidence that He will not abandon us to be disgraced. In the celebration of Christmas is God’s coded message that every human being is so precious that their value can be measured only with God himself as the standard of measure.  This makes it the responsibility of every one of us to endeavour to treat one another as the image of God, deserving of love, respect, and unconditional acceptance.

Christmas is also a season of revival. It is the time when Church members who have been inactive over time make effort to go back to Church. It is a great effort to make. If you belong to this category, I wish you a merry Christmas, and encourage you to go to Church during the season. There is always a loving welcome awaiting you in the House of God.

While I wish all our drivers a Merry Christmas, I admonish them to avoid risky behaviours on the road to ensure thatthis season is accident-free.   To the generality of Ghanaians I wish to remind you that in celebrating the precious gift of God at Christmas, let us also remember the gift of our lives and especially health.  During the festivities we should eat and drink in moderation. Excessive indulgence is unhealthy. Eat healthy food, drink a lot of water, exercise at least 3 times per week and have enough rest.

Finally, let me wish His Excellency the President John Mahama, President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo, and their families a Merry Christmas. I also wish the whole nation a peaceful and Merry Christmas.

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Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International pays courtesy call on Moderator

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The National Executive of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) on Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 paid a courtesy call on the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt Rev Prof Cephas Narh Omenyo at the Head Office of the Church in Accra.

The purpose of the visit by the FGBMFI executive was to congratulate the Moderator on his election as the leader of the Oldest and Continuously Exiting Church in the country by the 16th General Assembly of the Church in August This year.

The National President of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Mr George Prah, commended Rt Rev Prof Omenyo for availing himself for the high office of the PCG. He said considering the theme of the 16th General Assembly where the Moderator was elected, “When the Spirit Moves” was a clear indication that the abundant supply of resources and highest level of preparation by man yield no spiritual fruit without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

“Indeed without the Holy Spirit we have found that we are unable to accomplish much, spiritual, especially in a world that has turned its back on God and promotes human philosophies that are at variance with the will of God” he emphasized.

Mr Prah said the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is the world’s largest Christian business men’s organization, networking thousands of members including Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglicans, Catholics, Pentecostals, and Charismatics in more than 162 nations.

The National President said their main mission is to reach men in all nations for Christ Jesus; call men back to God; help believers to grow spiritually; provide an opportunity for Christian Fellowship and thus bring a greater unity in the body of Christ.

He pledged the willingness of the fellowship to co-operate with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in all endeavours. He proposed direct collaboration with the men’s fellowship of the Church, including joint programmes for the equipping and empowering of themselves for evangelism and for the strengthening of business of individuals Christians.

The Moderator, Rt Rev Prof Omneyo in response commended the FGBMFI for its contributions to church evangelism and welcomes the proposed partnership with the Church. He said such partnership would strengthen the Men’s Fellowship of the Church.

Rt Rev. Prof. Omenyo said his five years of leadership would focus on church missions, renewal, discipleship, social justice and safeguarding the integrity of the nation, among other thematic areas.

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Victory Congregation Fafraha Holds Thanksgiving Service in Honour of Rt Rev Prof Cephas Omenyo

Victory Congregation Fafraha Holds Thanksgiving Service in Honour of Rt Rev Prof Cephas Omenyo.

The Victory Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Fafraha in Accra has held a thanksgiving Service in honour of Rt Rev Prof Cephas Narh Omenyo, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on Sunday 18th December 2016 at the Church auditorium.

The Service attracted people from all walks of life including family members, friends, colleague ministers in the ministry and many more.

Rt Rev Prof Omenyo was the first Minister in Charge of the Fafraha Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana between 1998 and 2008.

Rt. Rev. Prof Omenyo is a professor of African Christianity and has served as a Minister of the PCG for the past 31 years.

Until his assumption of office as Moderator, Rt Rev Prof. Omenyo has been a Senior Member of the University of Ghana, Legon for the past 21 years. He has worked as a lecturer at the Department for the Study of Religions and served as Hall Master of Akuafo Hall and Dean, Faculty of Arts.

At the time of his election as Moderator, he was the Provost of the College of Education and doubled as the Acting Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Development from October 2016.

Preaching the sermon, Rt Rev Prof Omenyo envisages mission-minded church that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit and responsive to the needs of society in Ghana and abroad.

For him, when the Holy Spirit moves, it is for missionary work.

The Spirit-filled church must be mission-minded for the Presbyterian Church exists by virtue of missionary works and will continue to exist by missions.

He therefore outlined his vision for the Church which revolves around key thematic areas including Renewal, evangelism and church growth; Discipleship; Diconia (support for the needy); Social justice; Ecumenism and Safeguarding the integrity of creation and renewing life of the earth.

Because the day coincided with 188 birth of the PCG, the moderator paid tribute to early missionaries who sacrificed everything including their lives and come to the then Gold Coast to established the Church on 18th December,1828.

He said after 188 years the contributions of the PCG to the socio-economic development ofGhana cannot be over-emphasized.

The Victory Congregation presented him with a well-designed plaque.

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF..

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The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) wishes to congratulate the people of Ghana for their show of maturity during and after the just ended presidential and parliamentary elections.

The peaceful nature of the elections and the calm posture of both the winning and the losing presidential candidates, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, after the elections have given concrete expression to the oft-repeated claim that the Ghanaian is, generally, God-fearing, tolerant,and peace-loving. These are great strengths on which Ghana must build in our collective efforts to achieve our national goals.

We congratulate the Electoral Commission, the Security Services, the Judiciary, and the Media, for the important roles they played toward the success of the elections.  It is our hope that the reassuring sense of responsibility and commitment to the national interest demonstrated in the past few days by the various stake-holders will grow and not diminish. These are virtues we need for our nation to develop.

We would like to express our concerns about media reports of attacks on NDC members by NPP supporters and vice versa. We are happy to know that the leadership of both NPP and NDC have condemned those attacks.

The PCG calls on all Ghanaians to keep on praying with the same enthusiasm as before the elections because we need the favour of God to achieve our collective goals for a prosperous Ghana.  It is instructive to recall that during their campaign tours, both His Excellency the President and the now President-elect never stopped to openly express their trust in God to give them victory. The favour of God on the nation is more urgently needed now than ever.

May God bless you all; may God bless our Homeland Ghana.

 

THE RT. REV. PROF. CEPHAS NARH OMENYO

MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA

 

13th December, 2016

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Statue Honouring Late Rev. Dr. Kwansa Unveiled

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Two hours before midday on Friday, a crowd of students, members of the Presbyterian Church and the General Assembly Council members from all the 21 Presbyteries gathered at the Legon Presbyterians Boys Senior High School (PRESEC) in Accra to unveil the late Rev. Dr. A. L. Kwansa statue.
The statue of the late Clergyman was finance by his family members and of the late is also in honour of his selfless dedication to the Church and the Nation as a whole.
The memorial event was led by the Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, supported by the General Assembly Council Members.
Rev. Prof. Martey speaking at the function stated, the late Rev. Dr. A. L. Kwansa was not only a blessing to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana but also to the State as well, whose legacy should be emulated by the up and coming generation.
He praised the entire Kwansa family for erecting a statue of the late family member at the entrance of the Kwansa dormitory at PRESEC.
Mr. Mintah the Abusuapanyin of the Kwansa family later expressed the family’s appreciation to the Moderator and the GAC for accepting their call to erect a statue in memory of the beloved father who was also a blessing to both the church and State.
The Rev. Charles Ahwering former Chairperson of the Akuapem Presbytery, the Chairpersons of the various Presbyteries, Lay Reps and the family head of the Kwansa’s helped the Moderator, Rt. Rev. Martey to unveil the about eight foot metal statue.
Presence at the ceremony included; the Headmistress Lady Queen Asiedu Akrofi, Rev. Michael Anim Tetey, District Minister, Madina District PCG, the District Women Fellowship of the Madina PCG and a host of Clergymen from both far and near.
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Rev. Dr. A. L. Kwansa has been the only longest serving Clerk of Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana since 1955 to 1969.
Papa Kwansa passed away in 2011.

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